Beltane moon

Despite having been proven so far quite unpredictable, the moon did on this occasion just what I expected. It’s light entered half way through the gate, illuminated the northern side, just as in April, where it remained for some considerable time.
There should be no or little change in June and July as to the light entering gate or monument, although I hope the moon will at least move slightly to the east next month, so that the beam starts growing again.
Watching the moon is most certainly not intended for the impatiently.

Chasing stars instead, I may have missed my first but very faint aurora in the process.
Orion and the Pleiades seemed to have gone behind the horizon for the summer but than, it was rather difficult to make out any star constellation between the clouds.

The beam inside the gate at 10.39 pm

The beam inside the gate at 10.39 pm

Moon coming up above the wall at 10.49 pm. The orange glow in the gate are from the lights of Derry.

Moon coming up above the wall at 10.49 pm. The orange glow in the gate are from the lights of Derry.

The firmament above the gate and northern passage at 10.54 pm.

The firmament above the gate and northern passage at 10.54 pm.

Venus in the west, just showing between the clouds, at 11.01 pm.

Venus in the west, just showing between the clouds, at 11.01 pm.

The turquoise colour of the sky to the north (right side) seems to have come from a faint aurora.

The turquoise colour of the sky to the north (right side) seems to have come from a faint aurora.

Still light in the gate at 11.32 pm

Still light in the gate at 11.32 pm

Cloud reinforcement  moving in from the south west at 11.41 pm.

Cloud reinforcement moving in from the south west at 11.41 pm.

A last look back at 00.02 am.

A last look back at 00.02 am.

There is one very special addition to this post, which I am so delighted to be able to include. The vision I had in mind for the moon rising from behind the Grianán was most brilliantly execute by Martina Gardiner Photography on the same night, standing at Inch Level to the west.

grianan moon martina
grianan moon martina2

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